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One of our favorite ways to customize our apparel is with the reverse appliqué technique popularized by Alabama Chanin.

Our Kansas City creative friend Jan Durham shared this Warm & Cozy Wrap that she made. The wrap was made using two colors of Alison Glass for Andover knit fabric.  This cape like cardigan with simple construction provides lots of opportunity for this type of handwork. Jan reports that using two layers of knit makes a wrap that feels like the coziest sweatshirt ever!  


In this close-up, the beautiful workmanship can really be seen and admired!



This is our Warm & Cozy Wrap that Jan used. Note that Jan omitted the pockets from her wrap.

If you feel inspired to try this method, Alabama Chanin's books are available in fabric and book stores and on Amazon!



The Easy Top & Tunic, Modern Silhouette Vest and the Everyday Tank patterns would also work well with this style of embellishment as they have large, unfussy pieces to work with!
Amy spotted Bill, The Quilted Kilter at QuiltCon in his Alabama Chanin style embellished shirt and had to meet him and take his photo.


He described his technique in his Instagram post:

This project is much faster than the last one. Two colors of paint for the stencils, multiple fabrics used for appliqué, both normal and reverse.


Browse our apparel patterns for more silhouettes to choose from for reverse appliqué embellishment! 

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Betty Fisher on

What a unique way to use my scraps!! This is ingenious. I will be doing my x-Mas sewing and this is a terrific way to gift.

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